While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
Theatreland favourite Joe Allen to reopen
Theatreland favourite Joe Allen in Coven Garden will reopen its doors in October for the first time in 18 months with a new bar overseen by Polpo’s Russell Norman.
Table Talk: Santiago Lastra
The chef-owner of KOL in Marylebone on how cooking can spark joy in dark moments; his admiration for Noma’s René Redzepi, and the inspiration behind his langoustine tacos.
WLC Eats: Café Biltmore
WLC’s greedy gourmand, Lucy Shaw, heads to Café Biltmore in Mayfair for a gargantuan fried chicken sarnie, a peachy glass of Cartology and an exemplary lemon tart.
WLC Meets: Carl Anthony Brown of Crossip
Carl Anthony Brown is an award-winning bartender, mixologist and TV drink’s expert. He worked in the drinks industry for 17 years before launching alcohol-free spirit Crossip last year.
Table Talk: Selin Kiazim
The chef-director of Oklava in Shoreditch on how her grandmothers baharat spiced bread inspired a lifelong love of food, eating mould at Noma and why summer is her favourite season.
The Langham appoints new Artesian bar manager
The Langham hotel in London has appointed Lorenza Pezzetta to the role of bar manager at its trend-setting cocktail bar, the Artesian.
Oeno House hosts London’s ‘most expensive’ wine tasting
Last week the recently opened Oeno House hosted what it claims was “London’s most expensive wine tasting” featuring drops from Bordeaux’s Liber Pater.
WLC Eats: Pasta Evangelists at Harrods
After a long hiatus, WLC’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to the new Pasta Evangelists restaurant at Harrods for sublime lobster spaghetti and a charming Italian Chardonnay.
Table Talk: Daniel Boulud
The legendary Lyon-born chef on picking mushrooms with his grandma as a child, eating ant larvae in Mexico City, and why Paul Bocuse is his culinary hero.
Table Talk: Rohit Ghai
The chef patron at Kutir in Chelsea on how his mum’s cornmeal flatbreads inspired him to become a chef, eating chocolate pizza in Mauritius and why Jacquart Champagne make a perfect pairing for fried chicken.
Top New York sommelier charged with arson
Award-winning New York sommelier Caleb Ganzer has been charged with arson after allegedly being caught on CCTV setting fire to a dining shelter in Manhattan.